Critiquing the evidence behind the “evidence-based conclusions” about ADHD

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Shuichi Suetani and Gaj Panagoda explore the World Federation of ADHD International Consensus Statement published in 2021, which contains “208 evidence-based conclusions about attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Can smartphone apps help female adolescents who self-harm?

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Natalie Kashirsky summarises a qualitative study finding that young people think “smartphone apps are cool”, but possibly unhelpful for coping with self-harm.

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What are the barriers and facilitators affecting engagement with digital mental health interventions?

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Theo Kyriacou and Andie Ashdown blog about a systematic review that explores the barriers and facilitators to engagement with digital mental health interventions, which has some interesting findings for app developers and researchers.

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Deep brain stimulation may improve long-term quality of life for people with ‘treatment-resistant depression’

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Alex Pike and Jonathan Roiser appraise and summarise a recently study in the Brain Stimulation journal, which looks at the long-term efficacy and quality of life of deep brain stimulation for severe depression.

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A picture tells a thousand words: how promising is photovoice?

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In her debut blog, Rose McCabe examines a systematic review and meta-analysis looking at photovoice; a participatory photography and digital storytelling intervention that has been developed to promote positive social change.

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Are trauma-informed treatments effective for justice-involved youth?

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Laura Hemming summarises a meta-analysis which struggles to make firm conclusions about the effectiveness of trauma programs for justice-involved youth.

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No evidence that medication can prevent PTSD in people exposed to trauma, according to new Cochrane review

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In his debut blog, Richard Meiser-Stedman explores a recent Cochrane systematic review which finds no evidence for the use of medication to prevent the onset of PTSD in people who have been exposed to a traumatic event.

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Sharing youth mental health lived experience: what impact does it have on young people?

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In her debut blog, Marianne Webb considers an Australian qualitative study evaluating a psychoeducation programme delivered by young people sharing their personal stories of mental health lived experience.

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Intimate partner violence, suicide and self-harm: uncovering the links

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Piumee Bandara summarises a cross-sectional study which finds that people who had experienced lifetime intimate partner violence (IPV) were almost three times more likely to have made a suicide attempt in the past year, compared to people without experience of IPV.

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The caring dyad: how patients and their informal carers experience severe mental illness and cardiometabolic disease

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Lydia Poole considers the caring dyad (the relationship experience of the patient and their informal carer) and the realities of living with cardiometabolic risk, metabolic syndrome and severe mental illness.

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